Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Luke's Redemption by Anni Fife - Guest Blog and Giveaway

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Anni will be awarding $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Five Things You’d Probably Never Guess About Me

I’m a Texas Hold’em Poker Addict
When I lived in the city I was a member of this fabulous poker group. It was made up of ten women, gorgeous, hardworking and loads of fun. The ten of us met monthly, and spent the evening, gabbing, drinking plenty of wine, and playing Texas Hold’em Poker. This went on for several years and most of us became accomplished players. I love the game as much as I love these ladies. It is one of the only things I still miss about living in the city.

I Plot in the Form of Dialogue.
When it comes to writing, I’m a serious plotter and planner. I write detailed outlines, and crazily, fill them with reams of dialogue. Yep, the voices of my characters fill my head and won’t keep quiet until I tap out what they have to say on my laptop. I plan each and every scene before I get down to the real business of writing. The good thing is, most of my dialogue is written, so all I have to do is flesh out the scenes. But the odd thing is, in the middle of writing a scene, a character can stop talking before the scene is finished. Or won’t talk at all. Instead of freaking out, I make efficient use of Cut & Paste, and plop the misbehaving piece of dialogue or section of scene, elsewhere. The spooky thing is, the change is invariably for the better!

I’m Geographically Challenged!

I’m considered a fairly intelligent person and I have an above average IQ, but when it comes to finding my way from one place to another, I’m geographically challenged. I’m not kidding. I get lost in my own back yard. When people try to give me directions on how to get some place, they might as well be talking another language for all the sense it makes to me. The funniest thing is, the more I try and explain this, the more directions they give me, insistent that it’s easy. In the end, I nod and smile, and everything they’re saying floats over my head. Thanks goodness for the arrival of the GPS!

I Like to Meditate
Five years ago I booked a holiday in the rainforests of Thailand. In my excited rush to take advantage of a special promotion, I didn’t realize it was a silent Vipassana Retreat with several hours of strictly scheduled meditation per day. What a shock! But the unexpected can lead us down paths that change our lives in profound ways. After days of meditation, and listening to the song of the gibbons float from the nearby jungle over the lake, my mind stilled. And in this silence I found a clarity of thought hidden from me my whole life. I still meditate today. It keeps me grounded, and forever reminds me of the unique experience gifted to me in the depths of the Thai jungle.

I’m a Sushi Fiend

Another thing I miss from the city are my secret visits to my local Yo Sushi. I loved sneaking out with my kindle, finding a corner table where nobody could accidentally catch sight of me and crash my party for one. I’d order salmon sashimi, avo maki, edamame beans…and a glass of chardonnay. And then a second glass. A good book, a wine buzz, and delicious sushi…my idea of heaven. Or at least one of them!

Chased by her criminal kingpin father, Katya Dalca runs to New Orleans and straight into the arms of Luke Hunter. Sucked into the carnal world of the French Quarter, she succumbs to Luke’s potent sexuality. He not only steals her breath, he steals her heart and the only leverage she has against her father. She is left with no choice except to pick up the pieces and rebuild her life alone.

Undercover DEA agent Luke Hunter thought his newest assignment—recover a stolen flash drive to gain the trust of the Russian mob—was like any other. But his target brings him to his knees, and after one taste of her intoxicating beauty, he's in too deep. Doing his job means walking away, leaving his heart behind with nothing but a promise to reunite. It's a promise he can't keep.

When Katya's past reaches out and her world unravels, her only hope is the one man she is most vulnerable to—Luke.

Read an excerpt:

We pulled into the underground parking at King Security and Luke parked the SUV in line with several other huge black Ford Expeditions. It appeared King Security had its own fleet.

Unable to stop myself, I blurted, “You were with Anna when you were undercover with my father, weren’t you?”

Luke pulled the keys from the ignition. In the deafening silence I didn’t think he was going to answer. Then he turned to me and bit out. “Yes!”

Wow! I didn’t expect him to be so honest. I sat back and folded my arms, tight. Damn, his answer hurt me. “So you make a habit of lying to your women? Being with them while you’re pretending to be someone you’re not? Is that your thing?”

“She wasn’t my woman,” Luke growled. “She was just a woman. She was there, I was there. It was never deep and it sure as hell wasn’t forever. Then it was over, and I made certain she was clear of the investigation. That was it.” He leaned towards me and said impatiently, “That tell you what you want to know?”

“Not even close. You made love to her didn’t you?”

“Hell no!” Luke snarled. “I fucked her. Like I have all the other women in my life. There’s only one woman I ever made love to Katya. And that was you.”

I went rigid, stunned into silence. Luke turned to open his car door. “You didn’t make love to me, Michael did,” I whispered.

About the Author:
Last year, Anni Fife closed the door on a twenty-year successful career in television production, to fulfill her lifelong passion, writing. In the space of one month, she closed her business, packed up her city life and moved to a small seaside village. ‘My writing has always been constrained by client briefs,’ Anni says. ‘Now, I finally have the opportunity to write to the beat of my own heart.’ LUKE’s Redemption is Anni’s debut novel and she hopes you enjoy it as much as she loved writing it. Anni loves to spend hours walking on the beach searching for pansy shells, more hours drinking red wine with her gal posse, and the most hours writing romance novels filled with women you can relate to and men you love to dream about. She is currently working on her second novel, GRAY’s Promise.

Anni is published by The Wild Rose Press.

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  1. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win.

  2. Dear MJ. Thank you for having me on your lovely blog today, and welcome to your readers. I hope you had fun reading about my quirks, it would be great if some of you share yours with us as well. Happy reading. Anni xx

  3. Love the personal tidbits and the excerpt!

  4. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win.I'm looking forward to this one!

  5. Enjoyed the post. The excerpt sounds good.

  6. Fun post! I'm a sushi lover too. I remember a day when you couldn't get sushi out of the city.

    1. I know! Thank goodness there's a fish restaurant an hour from the village where I live, and they serve sushi. They've also got a movie house there! :)

  7. Haha great post! My husband would call me Geographically Challenged lol... he hated driving with me when we had to use maps :D

    1. Yep! I'm one of those people who turns the map upside down so it faces the way I'm traveling! xx

    2. My husband asked me, "Okay, which way do I turn?"... My response (as I point to the map) "This way" HAHAHAHA :D

  8. I enjoyed reading the five things. That's funny that you get lost in your own back yard. lol

    1. Hi Rita. I know, hilarious...except when I'm lost! xx

  9. An interesting list. You can have my sushi too.

    1. I'll take your sushi anytime. :) Thanks for visiting, Mary. xx

  10. I really enjoyed reading the guest post, thank you!


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